Sleep is funny. It is one of those things that people think about during they day while at work, wishing they had more. But when people sleep too much, they get upset because they just wasted half the day. Well, I have some good news for you and a tip that will make your sleep 100% productive for the rest of your life! Wait? Did I say 100% productive? I meant .01% productive. OK, maybe it isn't even .01% productive, but what my tip will do is create a pitcher of iced tea while you sleep.
The Tip: Refrigerator Iced Tea
Refrigerator iced tea is another term for a cold brewed iced tea. It is similar to "Sun Tea," but much healthier because it cannot breed bacteria like Sun Tea can.
What Do I Need?
A Large (2 quart-ish) Pitcher
Some tea (either loose or bagged)
How Do I Make I?
If you are using loose tea, put about 8 teaspoons in a T-Sac.
Place the tea in the pitcher
Fill the pitcher with cold water
Leave in the refrigerator overnight. (about 8 hours minimum)
Remove tea and drink
Not a Myth - Tea Can Steep in Cold Water!
It is true. It just doesn't steep well in cold water, which is why it takes 8 or more hours. Another thing you are not going to get is about 20% of the flavor that is the difference between really good tea and just average tea. This is because higher temperatures are needed to release all of their flavors.
Does That Mean This Iced Tea Will Taste Weak?
Not at all. I just wouldn't use your good stuff and make it this way. For your good tea I would use a more traditional method of making iced tea, even if it means you are being lazy while you sleep.
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I love iced tea. When I go to a party such as a barbecue and I know they will have bottles of water I take along some tea bags and just remove the tag if there is one, roll up the teabag, and stick it in the bottle of water. It only takes a few minutes and you have your iced tea. I bring extra bags because there is always some other guests that want to try it.
Thanks for all of your tips. rita
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May 29, 2017
I think it’s incorrect to say cold brew tea is not as flavorful. I have been making tea this way for many years. It is every bit as strong and full flavored as when brewed hot. It is irresponsible to direct people to use cheap tea for this method and save the “good tea” for hot brew.